What is the Best RV Awning Material?
Awnings for an RV, camper, travel trailer or van need to be durable, sun-resistant, cool to sit under, and waterproof. There’s only one material for the job, vinyl.
It may seem daunting to buy and replace awning fabric but it’s easy to measure, buy the right size, and replace yourself. It will just take time and a few tools and parts. For more information on measuring and replacing RV awning fabric check out this article here.
In this article, I review some of the best awning replacement brands and what their different qualities are. Each brand likely sells the right size of fabric for your trailer so it’s more about what kind of budget you have, the quality you are looking for and the look of the fabric.
Here is my list and review of the best manual or electric RV awning replacement fabrics on the market today.
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Aleko is a great producer of budget-friendly heavy-duty RV awning fabric replacements. They have a lot of sizes and colors to choose from, all of them having the very popular hombre fade.
The awning fabric is made of tightly woven vinyl that is UV, water, and mildew resistant. It is only water-resistant so if you are planning to use it as a rain cover, which I do not recommend, water may drip through it.
There are also striped patterns that you can buy in blue and black. When buying a black awning fabric remember that the color black soak in the heat and it can be warmer under the awning with black than with lighter colors.
All of the awning fabrics are 8 feet wide which is the standard for camper awnings. It doesn’t matter if it is a manual or electric awning because the sizes are the same. If you buy a kit specifically for a manual RV awning it will come with a replacement pull-down strap.
There are all different lengths to make the fabrics compatible with all sizes and brands of awnings. Remember even if it says a whole number like 12 feet it’s going to be shorter than that because there needs to be a gap between the end caps of the awning tube.
ALEKO Awning Fabric Replacement’s are thinner than other brands but will do the job for those on a budget. There are a lot of great color options and different sizes. If you can find the size you need, try a different color and you should find what you are looking for.
- Lots of different color and pattern options
RecPro makes another budget-friendly RV awning replacement fabric. While it may not be an upgrade from the awning fabric your trailer or camper came with it will certianly be better than a torn, moldy awning.
Made out of vinyl the fabric is UV and weather resistant. It is not waterproof, water may drip through when it’s raining.
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Each color has different size options. Ocean blue has 12, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 22 feet. Camel fade has 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 22 feet. Grey fade has sizes that are 19, 21, and 22 feet.
RecPro RV Awning Fabrics don’t have as many sizes or color options as others and it’s not as durable, or waterproof. It is budget-friendly though and it will do the job.
- Multiple color options
Shade Pro is makes thicker, high-quality camper awning fabrics that are heavy and very durable. Their standard vinyl is 13 oz 3 ply, cold-crack, and mildew resistant. With 3 layers of vinyl the fabric is fairly waterproof.
There are a wide variety of colors and sizes avalible. From 10 to 21 feet. The colors have and ombre fade and the choices are: slate blue fade, burgundy fade, charcoal fade, dune fade, and reverse charcoal fade.
They also have a very unique checkered patterned awning fabric that looks great on toy haulers. It comes in multiple sizes as well.
The manufacturer says the awning fabrics are made to fit Carefree, Dometic, Lippert, Carter, and Faulkner awnings. But if the measurements are correct then it should work for whatever awning your RV, travel, trailer, or camper has. It’s compatible with manual and electric awnings as well. The width is the standard 8 feet.
Shade Pro RV Awning Fabric Replacements are tough, thick, cold-resistant, and will last for years to come. If you don’t want to replace the fabric in your RV awning again then this is one of the best fabric replacements you can buy. They have a lot of great options and with their 3-year limited warranty, Shade Pro has your back.
- 3-ply vinyl fabric
- Heavy Duty
- Cold crack resistant
SunWave is another high-quality RV awning fabric replacement brand that make their fabrics from very thick and durable material.
They use 15 oz vinyl with a 16 oz weather shield that is heat welded together. This creates an extremely durable and hefty material. A unique feature because of this is the awning has the colored pattern on both sides. Normally RV awnings are white underneath so you never get to enjoy the patterns.
There are size ranges from 8-22 feet. Remember the measurements are from the arms and the actual fabric length is always shorter to fit correctly between the RV awnings end caps. Here’s a quick way to get to different lengths in the ocean blue color. 8 feet, 9 feet, 10 feet, 11 feet, 12 feet, 13 feet, 14 feet, 15 feet, 16 feet, 17 feet, 18 feet, 19 feet, 20 feet, 21 feet, and 22 feet.
SunWave RV Awning Fabrics are made to fit any type of RV awnings and they come with a replacement strap for the manual awnings. They will still work for electric RV awnings you just won’t need the strap.
If you want a thick awning fabric that will look nice and last for years and years then going with Sunwave is not only smart but will save you time and money in the long run.
- Tons of different size options
- Colored on both sides
- Made with thick 15 oz vinyl
- 16 oz weather shield
- Comes with a replacement strap
Awnlux makes the thickest RV, camper, and trailer awnings on the market today. They use 16 oz 3-ply polyester reinforced vinyl for a waterproof, UV resistant, durable, and long lasting awning.
Their kit is geared towards manual RV awnings but it will work for electric awnings as well. Included with the purchase of the fabric you get some poly cord for the roller tube, a replacement strap, and installation manual, a press plate, and an S-hook.
They don’t have as many size options as others but here is a quick way to get to some of the sizes they do offer in ocean blue. 10 feet, 11 feet, 12 feet, 13 feet, 15 feet, 18 feet, 20 feet, and 21 feet.
Awnlux RV Awning Replacement Fabrics are of high-quality and a great option if you are looking for a replacement awning fabric that is also an upgrade from the one that came with your RV, camper, or travel trailer.
- 16 oz polyester reinforced vinyl
- The kit comes with lots of extra parts
Shade Pro makes some of the best RV awning repacement fabric out there. It’s made with 3-ply vinyl and while it may not be the thickest fabric on this list it will definitly hold up against the elements.
What is great about Shade Pro is the huge selection of sizes, color, and pattern options they offer. Their selections are easy to navigate and they have a limited 3-year warranty.
RV’s, travel trailers, pop-up campers, and even vans have such a wide variety of awnings on them. It can be hard to find the fabric that will fit yours. That’s why Shade Pro is going to be the best option for the largest amount of campers.
What To Consider
It may seem like it’s difficult to measure and buy the right size of RV awning replacement fabric but it’s really pretty easy. Just measure from arm to arm on your awning to get an idea of the large measurement, then measure from end cap to end cap on the roll tube.
Read what the final length of the awning material is and if it is shorter than the measurement between the end caps you are good to go. For more detailed instructions on how to measure for replacement awning fabric check out this article.
Awning Fabric Material
All RV awning fabrics are made with some kind of vinyl because it is durable, UV resistant, water-resistant, and can stand being rolled in and out over and over again.
But, not all vinyl is made equal. There more layers of vinyl the fabric has and the heavier it is the better quality it will be. For instance, the lower end RV awning fabrics will just be made with a single layer of vinyl. And the higher end ones will have 3 or even 4 layers.
The more layers the better and the quality you decide to buy will decide how many times you want to replace your RV’s awning fabric.
Manual or Electric Awning
Though they are very different to set up and take down manual and electric awnings are very similar in build. The same awning fabric will work for either of them, the only difference is the strap that manual RV awnings have to open and close them. The manual RV awning fabric kits will usually come with a replacement strap.
Replacement Awning Fabric Color
There is a wide selection of colors you can buy for your RV, travel trailer, or camper but remember that lighter colors will reflect the sun and darker colors will soak in the sun. You can feel the difference between a white or light-colored awning when you stand under it compared to a black one. If you camp where it’s sunny and hot you may want to go with a lighter colored awning fabric.
Frequently Asked Questions About RV Awnings
How much wind can an RV awning take?
Not a lot. Manual RV awnings can take a little more wind than electric RV awnings but it’s never a good idea to leave your awning out in a windstorm or when you will be gone from your trailer for an extended amount of time.
How do I make an RV awning wind resistant?
Manual and even electric can be secured to the ground using poles and straps or just straps to make them a little more sturdy when it’s windy outside.
Using ratchet straps and stakes secure each corner of your awning to the ground. Make the straps tight but not so tight that it damages the awning arms. Even after securing your RV awning against the wind a large gust can still damage it. If a wind storm is coming it’s a better idea to retract the awning.
What is the best RV awning material or fabric?
Vinyl is one of the best materials for things that will be in the elements a lot. The best RV awnings are made with multiple layers of vinyl. So multilayered vinyl is the best RV awning material or fabric.
What direction does RV awning replacement fabric go?
90% of RV awning replacement fabric goes color side up and white side down. In other words, when you are sitting under your awning you will be looking at the white side.
Have any more questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll try and help out.